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Am J Emerg Med. 1994 Jul;12(4):454-5.

Treatment of acute gouty arthritis with intramuscular ketorolac tromethamine.

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Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


Nine consecutive patients presenting with acute gouty arthritis were treated with ketorolac 60 mg intramuscularly (IM). The average age was 58. Seven were male, and six were black. Pain was quantified in 6 of the patients using a 10-cm visual analog scale that the patients completed before and 30, 60, and 90 minutes after ketorolac administration. The mean pain score (+/- standard error of the mean) dropped from 6.43 (+/- 1.25), out of a possible 10, to 1.01 (+/- 35) (P < .01). There were no side effects of the medication. All of the patients were able to leave the treatment area satisfied with their treatment. None of the patients required crutches at discharge.

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